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New York – AT&T to Sell Yellow Pages Business for $950 Million

April 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM
New York - AT&T Inc. on Monday said it agreed to sell a majority stake in its Yellow Pages business to the private-equity firm Cerberus Capital for $950 million. The sale is part of AT&T's strategy to jettison shrinking parts of its business so it can focus on segments that are growing, particularly its wireless business. Revenue from the Yellow Pages unit has shrunk 30 percent in two years...

Hartford, CT – Mezuzah Controversy Sparks Religious Symbol Bill

April 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Hartford, CT - The Connecticut Anti-Defamation League and a state lawmaker will be announcing legislation that would protect a person's right to display religious symbols. New Haven Sen. Martin Looney, a Democrat, will join representatives from the Connecticut ADL to discuss the legislation at a Tuesday morning press conference at the ADL office in Hamden. The legislation comes after...

United Nations – Israeli Settlements Spark Palestinian Protest

April 9, 2012 at 09:41 PM
United Nations - The Palestinians accused Israel on Monday of systematically destroying prospects for a two-state solution to their decades-long conflict with its continuing campaign of settlement building. Palestinian U.N. observer Riyad Mansour sent a protest letter to the U.N. secretary-general, Security Council and General Assembly two days before the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the...

New York – Dry Air, Strong Winds Fuel Brush Fires In Southern NJ, Staten Island & Long Island

April 9, 2012 at 09:16 PM
New York - Strong winds and dry air continued to make for a dangerous combination on Long Island Monday night as Suffolk County officials coordinated efforts with state authorities and the National Guard. The situation on Long Island has showed no signs of slowing down and officials said darkness will make fighting the fire even more difficult. More than 200 homes have no power and the fire...

New York, NY – Phone Booths to be Replaced by Smart Screens

April 9, 2012 at 08:45 PM
New York, NY - The city is planning to install "smart screen" stations at hundreds of old pay phone booths next month. According to the New York Post (http://bit.ly/HyvC7y), 250 phone booths throughout the city will get the 32-inch smart screens with Internet connections. The free touch-screen technology will display local neighborhood information in multiple languages. It will include...

Manhattan, NY – Owner Had Right to Clear Zuccotti Park, Judge Says

April 9, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Manhattan, NY - A judge in Manhattan has ruled that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park used as an encampment by Occupy Wall Street protesters, had the right to clear them to address deteriorating conditions inside the park. The judge, Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. of Criminal Court, issued his ruling on Friday as he refused to dismiss charges against an Occupy Wall Street protester arrested...

Baltimore, MD – Mega Millions Winner Claims Share of Record $656M Jackpot

April 9, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Baltimore, MD - Lottery officials say a holder of a winning Mega Millions ticket has come forward to claim a share of the record-breaking $656 million prize. The winner has chosen to be anonymous. Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett says the winner claimed the prize at lottery headquarters Monday. She says she wouldn't give any more details until a news conference Tuesday. Maryland's winner...

New York – State Parks Bans Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

April 9, 2012 at 05:38 PM
New York - The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites. Parks officials say that will...

Washington – Obama Won’t Release Jonathan Pollard Despite Israel’s Requests

April 9, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Washington - Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard has been hospitalized at a prison medical center in Butner, N.C., since April 4, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Monday. A lawyer for Pollard, 57, said that for over a year his client has suffered from increasingly debilitating and incapacitating medical problems that have resulted in emergency surgeries and other emergency medical...

New Brunswick, NJ – College Paper Asks, ‘What About the Good Things Hitler Did?’

April 9, 2012 at 03:18 PM
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University is investigating a student newspaper’s spoof column praising Adolf Hitler as a potential bias incident. The column “What about the good things Hitler did?” appeared last week in the satirical newspaper the Daily Medium, which is funded in part by Rutgers. The column was falsely attributed to a Jewish student writer for an independent Rutgers...

Sanford, FL – NBC Producer Fired over Edited Zimmerman 911 Call

April 9, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Sanford, FL - NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of George Zimmerman's call to police the night the neighborhood-watch volunteer shot Trayvon Martin, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said yesterday. The person was not authorized to talk about the situation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The identity of the producer was not disclosed. An NBC...

New York – Judge Orders NYC To Release Review Of 911 System

April 9, 2012 at 01:08 PM
New York - A judge has ordered New York City to release a consultant's review of its 911 system. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has been fighting to keep it private. Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron (ehn-GOHR'-ahn) said Monday that his decision stemmed from a belief in open government and transparency. Engoron says that the report and all its drafts by the taxpayer funded...

Kiev – Yeshiva Student Brutally Assaulted After Seder

April 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Kiev, Ukraine - The Jewish community in Kiev, Ukraine, reported that a one of its members was brutally attacked on Saturday night and is in critical condition. The community and believes the assault was an anti-Semitic hate crime. Yaakov Zilberman, director of the Jewish community in Kiev, told Ynet that Aharon Alexander, 25, who is a student in a local yeshiva, was last spotted by CCTVs as...

Jerusalem – B’Chadrei Charedim Editor Charges “Will Shock Chareidi World”

April 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Jerusalem - Those close to the editor of embattled Israeli news site B’chadrei Charedim promise that upon his release from jail, the site’s editor will call a press conference where he will level explosive charges of his own against the Chareidi world. According to reports in Maariv, the editor, whose name has not been released, has received numerous threats in the past few months, which...

Jerusalem – ‘Suspects Stole Donations For Holocaust Survivors’

April 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Jerusalem - Police arrested the head of Jerusalem-based humanitarian aid network Hazon Yeshaya, a charity that provides thousands of hot meals each day to people in need, and nine of the organization’s employees Sunday on suspicion of pocketing millions of dollars from donors abroad for poor people, including Holocaust victims. According to suspicions, the suspects cheated donors out of the...
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